Posts by Hal Rubenstein

In Simplicity We Trust

Life demands change, but these days it feels like we’ve gone into hyper drive. Everything seems to move much faster. Yet, there’s always more to do. A staggering amount of information and options is right there at our fingertips, so there’s almost nothing we can’t know or try. But when do we ever have enough…

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It’s Still the Little Things: Valentine’s Gifts To Remember

It’s easy to deride Valentine’s Day.   Like any other holiday noted on a standard calendar, V-Day is routinely disparaged for being overly commercial, too hyped, a corporate conspiracy between the floral and the confectionary industry, and for compromising free will because you should be able to show your love on whatever day you choose. The…

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Summer Jewelry

, As someone who has always loved shiny, pretty things, and believes minimalism is highly overrated, I find it unimaginable that anyone would prefer to face the day without adornment. But even my exuberant faith needs some adjustment in the good old summertime, when jewelry takes on a different glow, a more noticeable profile, a…

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That One Perfect Gift

Thanks to discount days and deals, — Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Star Money Days, Door Buster Sales, 30% off, 60% off, Buy 2 get 1 free, and take 60 months to pay — holiday gift giving has morphed into something of an extreme sport or contest, where the big winners are those who score an…

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Choosing a Wow Factor Gift

We can’t help ourselves.  It’s how we are wired, conditioned by countless movies, television shows, commercials, magazine ads, and almost everywhere else we look. Thanks to non-stop visual stimuli, we believe and expect that when giving a gift to someone, you haven’t hit it out of the park unless the recipient of your generosity and affection…

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You Can Thank ‘The Academy’

First, look at this month’s Designer Flash which features the sensational designs of Oscar de la Renta. If you don’t already know it, they will make you realize that you don’t need to be walking a scarlet runner to have your own red carpet moment.

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‘Tis the Season To Shine

The reason why we chose Dennis Basso as our Designer Spotlight this December is because Basso doesn’t care about bending to slouching trends. He still believes in dressing to make an entrance, that turning heads in your direction is too much of a rush to ever be considered old-fashioned, while insisting that the seductive and uplifting resonance of glamour is as powerful today as ever. Basso claims in his unmistakably gravelly, sonorously bass voice “After thirty-five years in this business, I can say with no apology, that every woman I’ve ever met wants to look pretty. What’s wrong with that, especially since every woman can achieve it, because as the great Vogue editor Diana Vreeland once said, you don’t have to be beautiful to be ravishing.”

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How to Grin and Bear Gift

Author: Hal Rubenstein, Global Style Director Updated since first published on November 12, 2015 The temperature remains in the mid-thirties in New York City, head out to the mall and you can feel the frost on your breath. As far as retail is concerned, it’s already holly jolly time. Then how come you don’t look…

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A Thanksgiving Facets of Life

A Thanksgiving Facets of Life By Hal Rubenstein DON’T JUST SAY THANKS FOR THE GRUB It’s been a somewhat off-kilter and often bumpy year for everyone. You know you’re not alone because you can sense the tonal difference in when you watch the news, go onto social media, and often sense with those around you…

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